Paul Dennis Fleischauer, age 48, of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on September 15, 2016, from esophageal cancer. He was born September 9, 1968, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Dennis Fleischauer and Lynette (Heuer) Raisler.

He married his longtime partner Michael James Cole on January 4, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Paul entered the police academy. He went on to join the Madison Police Department where he proudly served for 21 years. After just 5 years on the force, Paul received an award from the Madison City Council for saving the life of a man he pulled from a burning house. This would become the first of three life-saving awards that he would receive during his career. Paul also received 34 letters of commendation. He served as an instructor, sharing his knowledge and experience as a drug recognition export. Paul was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, a lifetime member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, incredible gardener, cohost of Saddle Up Saturday, world traveler and still always there to help his friends and family.

In addition to his husband and parents, Paul is survived by his sister, Debbie (Robert) and nephew Joseph Parfet. He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Robert (Margaret) Heuer, Elizabeth (Ron) Long, Gordon Heuer, Richard Fleischauer, Rozanne (Larry) Harrison and numerous cousins.

He is preceded in death by brother Scott Fleischauer, grandparents, Glen and Ardis Fleischauer and Rene and Agnes Heuer, and uncles, Grant Fleischauer, Kevin (Lolly) Fleischauer, and cousin Sheila Utech.

A celebration of life will be held at Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Evjue Commons, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.